My Ubuntu PC boots up in 2 minutes. First minute goes for greeter session and the second minute goes for user login session. Is this normal?

My PC's main spesifications are as below:

  1. Ubuntu release: 12.04 (precise) 64-bit
  2. Kernel Linux 3.2.0-41-generic
  3. RAM 3.0 GiB
  4. Processor: Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU P8700 @ 2.53GHz × 2
  5. Available disk space: 185.7 GiB
  6. Besides Unity I have GNOME 3.4.2 shell - KDE shell - XFCE-XUBUNTU shell installed in.
  7. Also I have Oracle VM Virtualbox that Windows Vista 32 Bit installed in.
  8. Loaded start up apllications are: Jupiter, Dropbox, Bluetooth, My-Weather-Indicator, System Load Indicator, Mozilla Thunderbird, battery status indicator, wireless, sound settings and the clock.

Any idea that will let me to make it faster?

Thank you very much.

  • Did you upgrade or fresh install? I found a fresh install over upgrade to be far swifter. Mind you 2 mins for C2D is excessive. Let us hope the community can help get to the bottom of it...
    – fleamour
    May 7, 2013 at 13:44
  • No I did not upgrade. It is a fresh install from CD. But I installed all programs stated in this [link] (howtoforge.com/…) May 7, 2013 at 14:33
  • This is too slow, if the above link doesn't help you, you can try to make a boot chart and post it in the Ubuntu Forums. May 8, 2013 at 15:29

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It sure is too long... if it is an option, try updating to 13.04. I personally see massive improvements in startup and shutdown times. (For me startup is ~ 7-10 secs and shutdown is flat 2-3 secs.)

I am working on a normal disk ASUS K55VJ laptop with Intel graphics card working with NVIDIA 635M in optimus mode, 3rd gen i5 processor and 8 GB RAM

  • Stating your own boot times is not helpful unless you specify what hardware you use. -10 seconds on an SSD is different from -10 seconds on a normal drive.
    – don.joey
    May 7, 2013 at 14:12
  • Just inquisitive, are SSD drives faster? and also I was amazed with my timings, and thought it would help fire up the energy of someone else who sees it too. :)
    – charlie
    May 7, 2013 at 14:31
  • Actually I prefer to use LTS distros. So uprading to Ubuntu 13.04 is not an option for me. Thank you. And wow... your PC might have stronger processors and RAM. May 7, 2013 at 14:38

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